COVID-19 Resource Center

Tools, tips, and other helpful information for Domestic Violence Programs

As our nation works to stand in solidarity to face the current pandemic, we know that the thing that has made the domestic violence movement so strong is our best asset: empathy, connection, and survivor-centered missions. We are in awe of all Texas advocates are doing and offer this web resource as support to programs.

IF YOU ARE A SURVIVOR PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK FOR SUPPORT.

We will work to keep it updated, but please know we value that connection at this time is critical. We here at TCFV are a call or email away at 512-794-1133 and info@tcfv.org or any individual staff member you typically contact.

TCFV has pulled together resources from across the state and key pieces from our partners at NNEDV into one manual. Please note this is the ideal place to start with support and has important national links to check daily like the Center for Disease Control:

Speak Safely

Supporting Survivors in Contact and other Safety Tips

Remote Work

Digital Services and Mobile Advocacy

Legal Support

Updates on Texas Court Closures and Legal Resources

Additional Resources

Assistance from our State and National Partners

Business Concerns

Addressing the Effects on Non-profit Business

Webinar Sessions

Helpful Recordings to Asssist Programs 

SUPPORTING SURVIVORS IN CONTACT RESOURCES:

We know one of the top concerns is how to support survivors. First and foremost, we urge programs to continue to promote their crisis lines and make digital services available. The National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) is also a key resource. They are open 24/7. Call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-799-7233 for TTY. If your program is unable to operate its crisis line, please coordinate with NDVH to temporarily transfer your crisis line.

If you are a survivor, call your local domestic violence crisis line, the NDVH crisis line, or if you need to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.

Resources for domestic violence programs:

  • Advocacy Beyond Leaving – Safety Planning for Survivors in Contact
  • Webinar – Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse Safety Planning During a Quarantine

We also are aware of the resources below for survivors that programs can utilize by distributing or by having staff review and use to have safety planning conversations:

DIGITAL SERVICES AND SUPPORT RESOURCES:

As we all strive to maintain operations via enhancing our work on teleservices and remote support, the resources below can offer support to staff.

Health and Human Services Commission Family Violence Program Remote Service Reporting:

Our partners at the Health and Human Services Commission Family Violence Program support many virtual services and services over the phone. Please review this guidance to support reporting these efforts:

TEXAS LEGAL RESOURCES:

We know that at this time, our courts are also closing, which leaves many wondering about access to essential remedies and when courts will be open. Please see these two links for updates on closures and court information in general:

We also know survivors and advocates still need support with legal questions and resources in the middle of possible court shutdowns in Texas. If you have questions, please check out the resource below from the Texas Legal Services Center:

www.texaslawhelp.org

STATE & NATIONAL RESOURCES:

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) has an excellent compendium of resources, including further tools for working remotely, when that is possible, and great ways to quickly enhance your mobile advocacy to further support staying connected to survivors. It also has guidance for shelter and nonresidential centers that reviews some pieces around confidentiality, precautionary measures, and thoughts on ways to continue to support survivors and offer services.

It also features links to all health departments and links to other national partners.

NNEDV Resources on the Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Other National Resources:

BUSINESS RESOURCES:

We also know you have concerns as a nonprofit business. Please check out the resources below and note this is just a compendium TCFV created. It does not substitute your agency policies or state laws.

Information from the Texas Workforce Commission on Unemployment

Addressing Business Concerns Resulting from COVID-19 – A Resource from Jackson Walker

COVID 19 and the Workplace – Nonprofit Risk Management Center

WEBINAR RESOURCES:

  • Webinar – National Low Income Housing Coalition (NILHC) National Call on Coronavirus
  • Webinar – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs (HUD) Infectious Disease Preparedness for Homeless Assistance Providers and Their Partners

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PO Box 163865
Austin, TX 78716

P 512.794.1133
F 512.685.6397
800.525.1978

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